BMPatrick Bernier & Olive Martin


Patrick Bernier (b. 1971, Paris) and Olive Martin (b. 1972, Liège), currently based in Nantes, France, first met at the Ecoles des Beaux-Arts in Paris. They have worked collaboratively for over a decade, developing a varied body of work that combines writing, performance, installation, photography and film. Their projects explore the issues of hospitality and hosting, as well as the porousness of identity. Their works are nourished by open collaborations with storytellers, lawyers specialized in author and foreigner rights, an American auctioneer, and chess players, among others.

Recent solo exhibitions: Monument à l’évasion, Saline Royale d’Arc et Senans; installation in situ; Cui Bono?, Witte de With, Rotterdam; L’Echo/ce qui sépare, Hab Galerie/Frac Pays de la Loire, Nantes; Performing the Law, Institut Français, London, 2014; Pièces montrées, FRAC Alsace, Sélestat; Bim! Bam! Boum!, biennale d’art contemporain, La Teste-de-Buch; L’Échiqueté, Festival Hors Pistes, Centre Pompidou, Paris, 2013; L’Échiqueté, Entre-deux, La base d’appui, Nantes; Chess Variant, Kadist Art Foundation, San Francisco; À nos amours, Cité de l’Histoire de l’immigration, Paris; Atlas critique, Palais ducal de Nevers; Image Langages Cultures, Research group Justice de Paris 8, NYU Paris, 2012; La Nouvelle Kahnawaké, Fondation Kadist, Paris; Belluard Festival, Fribourg, Switzerland; FRAC Poitou-Charentes, Angoulême; Manmuswak, Kunsthalle, Graz, 2011.

Recent group exhibitions: Free Play, Arcadia University Art Gallery, Philadelphia; Abstraction Manifeste, Le Quartier Centre d’art contemporain, Quimper, 2013; Les Nouveaux Nouveaux Mondes, Espace Khiasma, Les Lilas; Le théâtre des expositions, Villa Médicis, Rome, 2012; As Artes Citadaos!, Fondation Serralves, Porto, 2011.